2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Reviewed
Nissan has continued to refine the Nissan Pathfinder since it made its debut in the mid-’80s. Now kicking off the first model year of its third production cycle, the 2013 edition is bigger and better than ever: completing its transformation from a compact unibody-based SUV to a mid-size crossover vehicle with a truck-based body-on-frame setup.
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is available in three basic trims: S, SV and SL. Each SUV uses the VQ35DE: a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission that Nissan calls Xtronic CVT; it shifts through an infinite number of gear ratios and thus provides improved fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard on all Pathfinders, although getting an all-wheel drive instead for better driving control is an option.
The front-engine front-wheel drive layout of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder contributes to a fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (20/26 mpg). That number drops, though, to 19/25 mpg on the AWD. The massive vehicle is able to tow up to 5,000 lbs.
For braking and handling, each SUV has four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist. Electronic hydraulic power-assisted speed-sensitive steering further aids the Pathfinder’s driving abilities, and each Pathfinder rides on big 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
With its three rows of seats and 158 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder can seat up to seven people. Interior features like push-button ignition, 14 cup and bottle holders, remote keyless entry, and cargo area tie-downs and under-floor storage go in each vehicle. Upper-level trim features include: rearview mirror, heated front seats, leather upholstery, wood trim and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.
For entertainment, each 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has an AM/FM/CD audio system with in-dash 6-CD changer, six speakers and MP3/WMA playback. Nissan adds audio/video input jacks on the stereos in the SV and SL trims. For safety and protection, Nissan includes features like six airbags that include roof-mounted ones, vehicle immobilizer and anti-theft system.